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NOTE: is a widely used resource. We are pleased that it has been useful to researchers in a large number of fields, as well as general Internet users. Soon after creating this page tracking news references to our website, we found that we simply didn't have time to monitor all the ways our site was mentioned in print and broadcast news, in addition to academic, government and general interest publications. We have instead worked on improving the site itself with additional related research.

So... This specific self-referential page is has not been kept up to date.

  • The Dallas Morning News ran a feature story about on the front page of the Religion Section (Saturday, 28 August 1999). "From A to Zurvanism" by Rick Klein.

  • provided much of the research for Rabbi Zelizer's USA Today article: "Gideon Bible Reflects How Hotels Have Fallen Behind the Times" (Friday, 1 July 1999).

  •, the service providing daily quality news articles, featured on 30 August 1999 (Sample page is rotating, so blurb may have been moved to the Archive section by now):

    Surely some readers of have wondered just how many people belong to different world religions. Now there's a fairly comprehensive web site. provides more numbers than you ever dreamed you'd need...

  • Various papers around the country picked up and reprinted Rick Klein's piece for the Dallas Morning News, including the Lexington Herald-Register, which printed it under the title " tracks world religions", with the blurb, "Preston Hunter is like the Census Bureau; his Web site keeps statistics about world religions from A to Z" (September 4, 1999). On the same day the Montreal Gazette printed the article as "Counting the faithful on the Internet"; Ohio's Akron Beacon Journal printed it as "His site's got religions' number"; the Sun Herald (Biloxi/Gulfport/Mississippi Gulf Coast) ran the article; the Orange County Register (California) carried the article, as did some other papers around the country. On 16 September 1999, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran the story in the Technology section under the title "A wide world of religion on the World Wide Web". The Raleigh, North Carolina News and Observer on the Web ran the story on 9/17/99 as "From A to Zurvanism: Web site assembles statistics" (complete with the photograph).

  • The John & Gina Show web site's Musing Re:ligion web page had this to say in the 9/15/99 entry:

    In case you need a religio-census (or as close as you can get to one these days) has some estimates for all of the major religions. The site also has an incredible amount of the world's religions indexed and briefly described. You know it's an incredible amount when they include Discordianism.

  • was chosen as PBS' Religion & Ethics Newsweekly as the Web Site of the Month for October 1999. was only the second general religion site ever chosen for this honor (OCRT was the first; other previous sites were sponsored by individual religions):

    Each month, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY chooses a Web site we find to be a significant contribution to religion and ethics. For October, 1999, our Site of the Month is at

  • was featured on the KSTP (Minneapolis) Channel 5 News "Body and Soul" report, on February 13, 2000. The other sites featured on this broadcast were:;;; and

  • We were a featured site in the popular Scout Report on 31 March 2000:

    Created and maintained as an independent project by Preston Hunter, this site offers a large collection of statistics on religion, currently totalling more than 44,000 adherent statistics and religious geography citations for "over 4,000 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc." While deep, the site offers these statistics with absolutely no filtering or distillation, and some users may find the listings somewhat confusing. Those in search of quick facts (largest religions, major branches, largest churches, etc.) will find them on the main page. More detailed statistics are found in the two indexes -- Religion by Location and Religion by Name. The indexes list groups, location, number of adherents, percentage of total population, number of congregations, number of countries, source, and notes or a quote. Users will find numerous and sometimes contradictory statistics for some faiths, depending on the sources used and their dates. Despite this, the listings at this site are downright huge and may prove useful to a wide variety of students, researchers, and interested users.

  • selected as a USA Today "Hot Site" on 6 April 2000.

    Satisfy your curiosity about the world's religions at, a compendium of facts and figures on more than 4,000 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, "etc."

  • We were featured on the Kim KOMANDO Radio Show on Friday, 7 April 2000.

  • John Murrell's "Minister of Information" column in the Silicon Valley News featured on 7 April 2000:

    Should you ever have a need for statistics on the number or location of members of various faiths, your first top should be, which contains data on over 4,000 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, etc.

  • We were featured as the daily "hotspot" by New York ABC News affiliate WKBW-TV on 17 April 2000 (Easter season):

    This is the time of year to reflect on religion. If you are interested in all the various religions of the world, this is a great site to explore. You can look up fascinating facts by country or sect - and even find out about religions of which you've never heard.

  • While this wasn't actually an article about our web site, it was nice that's Famous Zoroastrians page was featured in a Washington Post special section about Zoroastrianism (May 2000).

  • Articles in the online version of Christianity Today are frequently accompanied by links to, such as an April 3, 2000 article about Nepal: "The Church at the Top of the World" (which linked to the Nepal religion statistics in the "Religion by Location" database).

  • The magazine Editor and Publisher ran a full-length article on the web site: "Divining Data from the Web: Compiles Religion Database", by Charles Bowen, 15 August 2000.

  • On 21 October 2000, the Dallas Morning News ran a feature story starting on the front page of the religion section about Latter-day Saint science fiction writers. "Fantastic Journeys", by feature writer Kimberly Winston, was inspired by's literature section. The article principally features interviews with major national authors, but also includes quotes from Winston's interview with webmaster Preston Hunter, as well as information from (and links to) the web site.


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